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Monday, April 15, 2024

Elderly man dies in 3-vehicle crash after running red light at Ocala intersection

An 83-year-old Ocala man died, and two others were injured, in a three-vehicle collision that occurred at an intersection in Marion County on Tuesday morning.

At approximately 7:10 a.m., the elderly man was traveling northbound in a sedan on SW 80th Avenue. An SUV and a pickup truck were also heading eastbound on State Road 200 at the same time, according to the Florida Highway Patrol incident report.

FHP stated that the sedan approached a red light at the intersection of SW 80th Avenue and State Road 200, and the driver proceeded to enter the intersection without stopping. Moments later, the right side of the sedan was struck by the front of the SUV.

The impact caused the SUV to rotate, and its right side was then struck by the front section of the pickup truck. After the collision, all three vehicles came to a final rest in the intersection, according to FHP.

The elderly driver and sole occupant of the sedan was transported to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced deceased by medical staff. The FHP report indicated that he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The two other drivers involved in the accident, a 57-year-old Ocala woman (SUV) and 38-year-old Hernando man (pickup truck), sustained minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

The names of the drivers involved in the crash were not released by the Florida Highway Patrol.